A Proper Bucket List For Incoming Freshmen

A Proper Bucket List For Incoming Freshmen

Call Mom and Dad, at least once a week

As my freshman year of college is quickly approaching, I thought that I would share some of the things I hope to accomplish in my first year of college. Maybe some of you want to accomplish the same things as me. Hopefully, with this article being out there I can stick close to knocking some fun things off my bucket list and accomplishing some great goals! So here is my first year at the University of Minnesota!

  1. Make 10 new friends
  2. Get a piercing
  3. Go to 3 concerts
  4. Take at least 1200 pictures
  5. Pull an all-nighter
  6. Get an A on a test (or all of them)
  7. Dance in the rain with my roommate
  8. Take a challenging class
  9. Get advice from a senior
  10. Go to a Frat Party
  11. Have a great time at the Minnesota State Fair
  12. Join a community service club
  13. Spring Break somewhere fun with my BFFs
  14. Go to almost every home football game
  15. Find a new passion
  16. Stay organized
  17. Do homework when I get it, don’t wait till Sunday night
  18. Attend all of the hockey games I can
  19. Stay in touch with the important people
  20. Go to a Timberwolves game
  21. Avoid the freshman 15
  22. Turn fat to muscle
  23. Don't eat the ice cream in the cafeteria too often
  24. Spend a whole day binge watching 80s movies
  25. Go on a random road trip
  26. Go to a Wild game, preferably against the New York Rangers
  27. Explore the cities
  28. Visit some of my friends at their colleges
  29. Have a friend come and sleepover in my dorm room
  30. Surprise someone, once a month
  31. Aimlessly walk through campus just enjoying my surroundings
  32. Study hard for finals
  33. Go to office hours and connect with professors
  34. Have an amazing time at Spring Fling
  35. Get coffee with friends on a Tuesday morning
  36. Go out and do something every night for one whole week
  37. People watch on a Friday or Saturday night
  38. Hammock with good friends
  39. Take a nap in the grass with my roomie
  40. Make a friend from the east coast and the west coast
  41. Eat at a new restaurant at least once a month
  42. Get enough sleep, most of the time
  43. Get not enough sleep, some of the time
  44. Order a salad
  45. Eat more healthy things
  46. Learn more Spanish
  47. Dance like nobody's watching
  48. Keep on Keepin’ on
  49. Thank everyone for the little things
  50. Go to free sporting events
  51. Speak up for what is right
  52. Stick to my beliefs
  53. Learn about other people's backgrounds and beliefs
  54. Get another tattoo
  55. Call Mom and Dad, at least once a week
  56. Spend time studying in the library, a lot
  57. Say I love you to people who deserve to hear it
  58. Take a hike
  59. Add ten people on Snapchat in one night
  60. Write a letter to Senior Year self
  61. Take a fitness class like Zumba or boxing
  62. Order Insomnia cookies at 2 am
  63. Keep my dorm room clean
  64. Vacuum more than once a semester
  65. Attend a Themed Party
  66. Make a difference
  67. Have the time of my life!
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Things I'd Rather Do Than Write My Thesis

Can I just go back to school?

Depending on the type of major a student has in college or university, he or she has to write a thesis in their senior and/or graduate year. It is the most annoying and horrific thing to write. It’s dreadful and not fun. You know that moment where you stare at your blank screen with a slack-jawed expression? Yeah, multiply that by tenfold. Here is a list of things I’d rather do than write my thesis:

Clean my room.

Go out with friends.

Hang out with my little brother.


Perform a Lobotomy.

Listen to the soundtrack of Hamilton, Moana, Wicked and Wicked- Hamilton is at least two and a half hours long.

Binge watch new Netflix shows.

Binge watch old Netflix shows-- I've watched The West Wing many, many times!

Schedule trips in advance.

Eat food.

Drink coffee.

Make a schedule of all the things I need to do in order to write my thesis.

Create a bullet journal.

Reorganize my closet.

Check out filters on Snapchat.

Check out Instagram and Facebook.

Read the news-- Can I just say "oy, vey?"

Text my friends-- Their lives are much better than writing a thesis any day!

Read a book.

Consider going back to school in order to defer my thesis.

Write an article for The Odyssey!

There ya have it, folks. Thesis writing will be the most awful thing you have to do. No thesis, no degree. No degree, no teaching. It’s a necessary evil but if you’re able to choose your topic, it is easier. Don’t get me wrong, my thesis is not a hard topic… it’s just the act of writing it, turning it in, and then being DONE with school that bothers me.

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How To Pay For College

Dream about being able to just go back to the dorm and sleep. Instead go to work and clock some more hours.

Save every penny you earn from babysitting those kids down the street. Put it in a jar labeled "College Fund." Daydream about all the Ivy league schools you're going to apply to someday. Snap out of it and finish up your homework for the night. Go to bed and dream of Princeton, Harvard, and Yale.

Start your junior year of high school. Give up on those dreams of the Ivy leagues and set your heart on a school in the city. Work harder than ever. Take your SATs. Do okay on them. Retake them. Do a little better.

Star your applications for college. Apply to six schools. Let that doubt creep in that you aren't talented enough to get into that school in the city. Don't even bother with the one in the city. Still dream about going there one day, maybe for grad school?

Wait to hear back from your top choice. Read the words "denied acceptance" on a letter from the school. Wait some more. Get into a school you've never heard of. Accept. Apply for loans. Pick up extra shifts at work. Apply for more loans. Apply for scholarships. Lay awake at night wondering how you are ever going to pay for all of these bills. Forget that you're walking across the stage in just a day and leaving high school behind for good.

Graduate high school. Celebrate. Refocus on the task at hand: paying for school. Work 40+ hours a week in the summer. See your co-workers more than your family. Pack everything up in your car just three months later and move 10 hours away.

Move into your dorm. Realize that that was the wrong room and move to your room down the hall. Start a new chapter of your life. Spend a month getting used to life on campus. Love all of your classes. Start applying for jobs. Get a response back right away from one. Go in for an interview. Accept when they offer it to you. Work there the rest of your college career.

Finish the semester strong. Go home and work extra shifts in between family dinners. Fill out your FASFA. Don't get enough aid. Apply for another loan. Go back to school and discover your dream job.

Tailor your schedules around becoming a journalist. Go above and beyond the requirements for your courses. Find a way to squeeze in more time to work.

Become a tutor. Work as many hours as you can. Find a love for helping your peers understand the things that come naturally to you. Apply for more scholarships. Hope you get some.

Keep your goal in sight. Keep your grades up and your mind sharp. Work hard not just to make money, but so you can keep doing what you love.

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